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I would know were HE weaknes are, they looks like that they at unbeatible... So were are they weaknes?
Low toughness heroes/lords.
But on the other hand, as long as you roll good with your WS and the enemy rolls bad, that's no problem.
And if you use mage heroes/lords you keep out of hth, and it's a mere nuisance.
Further high point cost. Small armies.
But to balance that the units are superior to other races.
Yep, poor toughness and extremely high points cost for what you get. Elves are easy to cut down with most things, just try and either charge them or shoot them since if you get charged it will probably hurt. Though in my experience with them, they don't do well in combat but thats just bad dice rolling...
One thing I forgot is that the infantry can't have heavy armor.
Strewart, as i said before, that poor toughness only counts for the characters. Toughness 3 for units in normal and no more than the HE deserve for their other qualities: incredible high WS, BS, and Ld.
And in CC...
Spearmen: despite their low save they attack in 3 ranks, 2 on the charge. That are a lot high WS attacks.
And SM: great weps that attack on I. S5 on I6. :wacko:
Yeah, you have to protect the swordsmasters well though. They wont last long against crossbows or handguns
And a lot of core units are a hell of a lot less than 11 or 12 points too. I think a lot are even under 5 points, which means you get so many more compared to the elves. I would rather have another full block to flank than an extra rank of fighting.
Yeah don't let me discourage you, blocks of spearmen are pretty good. Its just support for them is great like silver helms, they are over priced IMO but people can still win with expensive elf infantry so it can't be that bad.
Against enemy infantry units you will fare well, but against better stuff from other armies which is around spearmen cost, sometimes less, they will fall. And have you ever tried facing chaos warriors with spearmen?
Anyway, support them with cavalry or other units and they should be ok. Just need some tactics.